After five (or six) years of vanilla "wedded bliss", ordinary suburbanites John and Jane Smith are stuck in a rut the size of the Grand Canyon - until the truth comes out!. Unbeknownst to each other, they are both coolly lethal, highly paid assassins working for rival organizations. And when they discover they're each other's next target, their secret lives collide in a spicy, explosive mix of wicked comedy, pent-up passion nonstop action and high-tech weaponry that gives an all new meaning to "Till Death do us part!"
Despite the production issues somehow, with all the script changes, editing, and changed ending, the movie still comes through as an entertaining action piece. Mr & Mrs Smith is certainly a 'popcorn' flick. There's no deep story or meaning to be found, but there is a lot of over the top action. Perhaps being married gives me a slightly altered perspective on the movie as I seemed to enjoy it quite a bit more then several of my single friends. While it's true doesn't have the best script, and the acting is a bit average in parts however it is entertaining, and that's why we watch movies isn't it?
Having said that Mr & Mrs Smith on Blu-Ray still isn't quite up to the superb standards set by some of Fox's other titles. I found the image to have a little film grain in places, and in some of the - primarily darker - scenes the image appears a little soft. There were also a number of scenes where the contrast levels seemed a little high. These were all tiny issues though in an otherwise superb presentation.
If you want a demonstration of the brilliance of the track listen to the shootout and fight in the house between 1:11:00 and 1:15:09. Not only will you here some wonderful gunfire, but also the destruction of other objects within the house. Still not impressed. Well perhaps an even better of the lively audio quality in this movie is the car chase and shootout on the highway between 1:24:25 and 1:29:05. As well as some great directional use for the gunfire and cars, the dialogue remains crystal clear at all times.
The only other audio track on this disc is a Spanish DTS track at 768kbps. While a little duller then the DTS-HD Master Audio track it still provides a brilliant audio experience. Subtitles are provided in numerous languages including English.
Commentary from Director and Screenwriters: Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg provide the first of three commentaries and it is worth a listen. There are quite a few interesting bits of information including quite a bit about the problems they had during the production such as financing as well as details on the storyline.
Commentary from Producers: Akiva Goldsman and Lucas Foster's commentary is probably the least interesting of the three if only because much of their material is covered in the other tracks (this was the track I listened to last, so I guess if you listen to this first the same could be said of other tracks!). This track is a little drier then other tracks and not as entertaining, but there is still some decent information.
Commentary from Editor, Production Designer and Visual Effects Supervisor: Michael Tronick, Jeff Mann, and Kevin Elam provide a pretty entertaining commentary as the trio discuss production of the movie and their experiences with the director and even detail some mistakes in the movie. I actually found this to be the best of the commentaries.
Fox Movie Channel Presents Making a Scene (8:05/HD): Presented in 4:3 this is a quick 'promotional' look at making a scene in the movie. Interviews with cast and crew, but basically repeating the story with a few behind the scenes clips.
Mr & Mrs Smith Trailers (4:23/HD): Trailer C and Trailer E for Mr & Mrs Smith. Presented in HD with AVC MPEG-4 Code and DD5.1 audio at 448kbps.
Other Trailers (5:29/HD): Trailers for Entrapment, The Sentinel and The Transporter.
Review By: Dave Warner